Soccer unites immigrant teens in the Bronx

Children who immigrated to New York City are using soccer as a way to get adjusted to a different lifestyle and escape hardships.

Children who immigrated to New York City are using soccer as a way to get adjusted to a different lifestyle and escape hardships. (9/19/15)

THE BRONX - Children who immigrated to New York City are using soccer as a way to get adjusted to a different lifestyle and escape hardships.

La Union Boys, teens from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, meet at Mullaly Park to play futbol every Saturday. 

The team's coach, Elvis Garcia, says the sport lets the kids be kids.

"When they go to court they're very nervous, but when they come here to the soccer field they change, they become kids again," Garcia says.

The space is provided by Catholic Charities and South Bronx United.

The sport represents home for the boys whose families are in Central America.

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